Federal agents discovered more than two tons of illegal drugs in a tunnel underneath the U.S. international border with Mexico, law enforcement officials announced on Tuesday. The drugs, which included marijuana, cocaine, meth, and opioids, have an estimated street value of nearly $30 million dollars, according to a press release from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
“Cross-border tunnels represent one of the most significant threats to our national security,” said Aaron M. Heitke, a U.S. Border Patrol chief agent. “Criminal organizations can use these tunnels to introduce anything they want into the U.S. This is especially concerning during a global pandemic.”
The tunnel extended more than 2,000 underground from a warehouse in Tijuana, Mexico to another warehouse in the Otay Mesa area of San Diego and included sophisticated features including lighting, ventilation, reinforced walls, and a railway for smuggling drugs. The tunnel was located at an average depth of 31 feet underground and was three feet wide for much of its length.
“These tunnels show the determination of drug trafficking organizations to subvert our border controls and smuggle deadly drugs into our community,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge John W. Callery.
The tunnel was discovered on March 19 as